October 20 Weekly Brief!

Biketoberfest 2016 was a HUGE success!

Thanks to the support of our generous sponsorsraffle donors, volunteers and all who participated in Biketoberfest, 400+ Charlotteans enjoyed a day full of fun, learning and excitement as they biked around our city!


Photo by Emily Eckert (click here to view our full Biketoberfest album)

On a perfect fall day, Biketoberfest-ers were reminded of the wonderful things that make us feel a sense of community as Charlotteans. Biketoberfest truly had something for everyone

Some highlights included the loud cheers heard every time the Trips For Kids crew passed by, the seriously cool Franken-bikes welded by our friend Midnight (just in time for Halloween) at the Discovery Place stop, and of course, the times spent with friends and family along the way!

What did participants love most about Biketoberfest? 


Photo by Emily Eckert (click here to view the full Biketoberfest album)

“One of the most fun days I have had in a long time. Great way to spend the day with friends, see some new locations and enjoy eating and drinking at some old favorites!”

“My neighbor, Erica, and I used a combination of streetcar, Lynx, and walking to participate in Biketoberfest.  The experience made me realize how many photo-ops I was missing when traveling by car!  It was a great way to stay connected with the people and places that make Charlotte home!”

“It was inclusive and diverse, and a perfect opportunity for neighbors from all over to see parts of uptown and South End by bike!" 

The goal of this event was to highlight how fun and easy it is to travel around South End, Wesley Heights, and Center City without a car. We're proud to say that 93% of participants said we achieved this goal!

 We want to thank our event sponsors for their support of our work to inspire sustainable transportation choices in Charlotte!

Local residents like you play a critical role in ensuring we have the resources to carry out our work in the community to inspire choices that lead to a healthier and more vibrant community for generations to come!
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Volunteer with us at Open Streets 704 this Sunday!

This Sunday from 1-5pm, Open Streets 704 will literally open a length of city streets, from South End to West End Charlotte just for people! 

There will be tons of fun activities along the route. We will be there sharing information about our work and hosting mini cornhole tournaments for a chance to win prizes! 

Will you help us manage our booth and activity throughout the course of the event?

Please reply to this email if you're available for an hour or two to join us! All volunteers will receive a Sustain Charlotte t-shirt!

Where: We'll have a table and tent set up at 4th and Mint Street in Uptown
When: Anytime you're available for at least 1hr between 1-5pm this Sunday, 10/23


* NOVEMBER 9: Sustain Charlotte + Green Drinks Charlotte Monthly Mixer * 

6:00pm - 7:30pm @ Free Range Brewing, 2320 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205. Join us for an informal and fun evening of conversation and networking! Our Monthly Mixers provide an opportunity to learn more about us, our partners, and meet others interested in local sustainability issues. At 6:30, our program will begin and you'll hear from our Gold Partner, The Center for Intentional Leadership (CFIL)! There are no membership requirements and everyone is warmly welcomed.


October 20 - Nature Matters Film Screening 

7:00pm – 8:30pm @ The New Science Center on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University, 100 Beatties Ford Rd Charlotte, NC 28216. 

This is the first screening of the Arts and Science Council's new documentary! View the trailer and reserve your free screening tickets at NatureMattersFilm.com.

October 22 - A Day with Dario

10:00am - 12:00pm @ SOCO Gallery, 421 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207. 

Meet the renowned Italian artist and bicycle frame builder, Dario Pegoretti at this one-day only showcase of his original artwork and hand-built custom painted bicycle frames. The Pegoretti exhibit will be on view from 10am - 6pm.

October 22-23 - Interbike’s Fall CycloFest

Saturday 10-5pm and Sunday 10-4pm @ The U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28214. 

Fall CycloFest is the ultimate cycling festival for both bicycle retailers and consumers seeking to learn, ride, and experience the latest innovations in the bicycle industry. Numerous events are planned for all ages and levels of experience including a cyclocross race, road group rides, educational clinics, a kids’ bike rodeo, and more. Come spend the weekend with us riding some of the most innovative products in the bicycle industry, listening to some great live bands, enjoying some fantastic local beer and food, and helping us celebrate the power of cycling. No registration is required to attend the public days, but you will be required to sign a waiver to demo bikes. Click here to learn more!

October 23 - Open Streets 704

1:00pm - 5:00pm, route from Biddleville to South End 

Open Streets 704 is a series of four Charlotte events made possible by a grant from the Knight Foundation. Open Streets 704 will literally open a length of city streets for an afternoon just for people! Taking cues from similar events around the country and the world, Open Streets 704 aims to build a better, healthier, connected community. Their goal is to encourage Charlotte and Mecklenburg area residents to walk, bicycle, and experience the city together in a way that’s just not possible in a car. We are proud to be a part of Open Streets 704 once again! Be sure and find us along the route at 4th and Mint st. to participate in our activity! Click here to view the route and learn more!

October 26: Who’s Moving In? Who’s Moving Out?: Charlotte-Area Population Migration Symposium

Lunch @ 11:30am, program begins @ 12:00pm. UNC-Charlotte Center City campus, 320 E 9th St, Charlotte, NC 28202. 

If you want to learn more about the changing face of the population in the Charlotte region, come to this program! You'll hear the updated statistics about migration flows into and out of Mecklenburg and surrounding counties within the Charlotte region. This program coincides with the release of Calendar Year 2015 American Community Survey data, including the volume of migration by characteristics such as age, location, income, employment, and family/household size. Discussion topics will include the housing choices of migrants and information on comparable urban areas. Click here to register.

November 5: Free Learn to Ride Event

11:00am to 1:00pm @ the Marion Diehl Rec. Center, 2219 Tyvola Road, Charlotte, 28210. 

This event is geared to kids (of all ages!) and parents of kids, who want to learn to ride a bicycle without training wheels. Learn to Ride events draw more than 150 participants, friends, and family, and require LOTS of volunteers! It’s fun, easy to do, incredibly rewarding - and zero bike experience is required. Click here to learn more!


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